Today's physicians are more technically savvy than any previous generation. This inherent familiarity and ease with information technology serves them well as federal regulations and funding reshape U.S. healthcare in the coming years.
The health IT component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The goal behind HITECH is to appropriate stimulus funds to encourage healthcare organizations to adopt and effectively use Electronic Health Records (EHRs), while ensuring that the new systems safeguard critical patient data. Significant financial incentives are motivating healthcare facilities and practitioners to implement meaningful use of EHRs as soon as possible. This encompasses Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), multiple-modality Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), and more.
However, there's a daunting issue at hand: these initiatives require a solid technology foundation. How do you design and build an infrastructure that will catapult your organization to a place where you truly have meaningful use of the EHR? Will you be eligible for stimulus funding? Where do you start? What do you absolutely need? And what do you really want?
HealthConnection can help you answer these questions and guide you in building and managing a strong, powerful, and flexible infrastructure. We can show you how to save money by leveraging existing technology investments. And we can help you prepare for emerging technology trends—such as mobile devices at point of care—by investing in solutions that are built to grow and adapt. By adding functionality to your current systems and prolonging their usable life, you can save money, preserve user familiarity, and reduce potential impact to your overall organization.
Strengthen the foundation of your infrastructure—contact HealthConnection to get started today. Call 1-800-395-8685 for more information.